Lot 49 of 343:
Rare Genius of the Crowd by Bukowski  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$4,800
Estimate:
$6,000 - $9,000

Title:
The Genius of the Crowd

Author:
Bukowski, Charles

Place:
[Cleveland]

Publisher:
7 Flowers Press

Date:
1966

Description:
[22] pp. Illustrated with 4 linoleum cuts by Paula Marie Savarino. Many of the sheets for this chapbook were printed on trimmed envelopes and are therefore double leaves. 15.5x12 cm. (6x4¾"), original wrappers with linoleum cut by Savarino on front. One of 103 copies. First Edition. Legendary Bukowski rarity, a cornerstone piece of any collection. Though there were around 103 copies printed (that is the number listed on the rear wrapper, though Krumhansl makes it "circa 103") at the 7 Flowers Press, published by D.A. Levy and Jim Lowell, "most of the copies were confiscated by the Cleveland Police Department during a raid on Lowell's bookstore (The Asphodel Bookshop), conducted by the Cleveland Police Department on the charge of being in possession of and selling obscene material." Only about 40 copies are estimated to have survived, and of those, 20 are listed on OCLC/WorldCat as being in institutional libraries. No copies are listed by American Book Prices Current as having sold at auction since at least 1975. Perhaps the rarest of the Top 20 Bukowski Rarities listed by Al Fogel.

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Condition:
Fine condition.


 
Item number:
216769
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